If You’re a Woman, You Probably Don’t Drive These Cars

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If you drive a Lamborghini, McLaren or Ferrari, you’re probably a guy. Men constitute about 93 percent of the owners of these high-priced, luxury sports cars, MarketWatch says.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the vehicle spectrum, the car with the highest rate of women owners is the small, fuel-efficient Mini.

Edmunds.com compiled the car data for MarketWatch, which is based on a survey of nearly 10 million vehicle registrations from 2013. It identified the 10 cars with the highest percentage of male ownership, something MarketWatch called “the overcompensation index.”

The results seem to suggest that men are more concerned with power and prestige than their pocketbook, says Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst at Edmunds. “Brands with high male percentage tend to be more performance-oriented,” she says.

“Women car shoppers tend to be more pragmatic, so the value brands are at the top,” Caldwell says. “Vehicles like compact crossovers and compact cars tend to also score high with women.”

Not surprisingly, men and women seem to be on entirely different pages when it comes to buying a vehicle.

  • Men appear to choose a vehicle ”based on how it makes them feel and the image it presents to the world,” MarketWatch says. Brands that are perceived as “rugged” are popular with guys. And when it comes to color, men are 12 percent more likely than women to select vehicles in a flashy red or orange. Top male brands: Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Fisker.
  • Fuel efficiency and price are the most important factors when ladies select a vehicle. Female new-car shoppers are more likely to purchase an imported car and one that boasts safety features. Women also tend to favor more muted colors, like silver or brown. Top female-owned brands: Mini, Kia, Fiat, Mitsubishi and Hyundai.

Interestingly, while women make up 51.6 percent of the U.S. population, they represent just a third of vehicle registrants, according to The Huffington Post.

The disproportion of vehicles registered to men may stem from the fact that males are more likely than females to purchase a second or third car. This might explain why vehicles by Lamborghini, McLaren and Ferrari — sports cars that are generally purchased as a second or third car — are registered predominantly by men.

I drive a sport utility vehicle. The gas mileage isn’t terrible, it has four-wheel drive – a must for Montana’s winter roads — plus plenty of room for my kids’ two car seats. What do you drive and why? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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  • Reta Rogers

    I drive a six cylinder 2011 Chevy Malibu. I chose this vehicle because I drive in a four person carpool and need the room, but also need the fuel efficiency of a six cylinder. It has a six-speed automatic transmission, and while I prefer a stick, this transmission is actually more efficient than a stick. However, for fun, I have a 2010 Corvette Grand sport convertible…NOT really fuel efficient, but I frequently get 30 miles per gallon.

  • Vince Ryder

    “based on a survey of nearly 10 million vehicle registrations from 2013″ This is not optimal for getting good data on who actually DRIVES the vehicles. Men (by a larger margin) have more cars registered in their names, even when their wives drive them (and sometimes girlfriends). The conclusion that men try to project power by having expensive cars is not really worthy of research–anyone can figure that out by driving for a week pretty much anywhere in America. It’s the same thing in nature with the males being more colorful to attract the females…

  • slightlyaskew

    Apparently as a guy I’m a wuss. I drive a Hyundai Sonata.
    A dark blue one at that.

  • Trish Miller Higby

    I drive a dark blue Prius. Only because the charcoal gray I wanted wasn’t available and I traded in the Infiniti G35 that my husband had WAY too much input on the purchase of MY vehicle. :) much better MPG and I def don’t need all that power.

  • Mark Furgal

    This author, really went with the stereotypes.. Women tend to buy whatever the media feeds them.. (men too) they run to imports because they are told that they are better, Clearly these buyers don’t think, as they are walking around the dealership and see that huge service dept. , Sorry lady’s they are not just doing oil changes.. Guys that are into cars, yes lady’s it’s a hobby for many men. have a “toy” that most girlfriends and wives will call the “other women” ,mistress.. And our daily driver will be a truck if we need it for work, or for those home depot runs, you know, for when the bathroom that works just fine, has to have a make over.. or we’ll have a good on gas daily driver.. Mines 30 years old, rear drive and gets 40mpg hyway and 35 city. Funny the way women look at cars, and safety.. then buy the vehicles that got all these stars in testing, but when you see them in a wreck on the highway or at an intersection are totally destroyed, and can’t be driven away.. At one time a full sized car,(not what they call full sized now) was 4000-4200 lb think 76 Chevy caprice.. today cars the size of a camry are that weight.. The author also didn’t sit and think, When you are paying north of 20K for a vehicle and the crazy insurance rates on them.. And are stuck in rush hour traffic daily with a long commute.. you tend to get something you’ll enjoy when you spend 3 hours or more a day in it..

    • Nonsumdignus

      You went with a few stereotypes yourself, it seems.

  • Marsha

    My first and current vehicle is a 1996 Toyota Corolla Bz Station Wagon 20 Value twin cam. It is green and silver, green being my favourite colour which is why I chose it. In fact I happened upon it because the contractor on my family’s house was selling it but I really was checking for another family member, they didn’t want it so I went for it. In the market to change it after having it for almost ten years. So I would want something (maybe an suv) that gives me great performance and response on the road.

  • Marlo Stephan

    I drive a Nissan Altima 3.5 SL and I love it. I get about 20 MPG’s city but the car is loaded and comfortable. Also love it on road trips. Nice car!